Orientation 2018: J.D. Students

JD Orientation

Miami Law's faculty and administration look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our law school. We are excited to have you join our community. Your orientation serves as an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the Miami Law family.

The Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation is designed to introduce you to everything Miami Law has to offer, including our world-class educational programs, our law school culture, and our alumni and community connections.

All Orientation events are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.

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 Pre-Orientation Events

Monday, July 9th

Alumni Reception for Admitted Students 
5:30 p.m. Registration, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,  Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500, Miami, FL 33131
Business attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Join Miami Law alumni for a reception in your honor to recognize and celebrate your entry into the Class of 2021. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet many of your new classmates, and our accomplished, influential, and supportive alumni. Hosted by Juan C. Enjamio, JD ’86, outstanding alumnus and partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Tuesday, July 31st – Monday, August 6th

How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions
Presented by Legal Communication and Research Skills (LCOMM) faculty
MANDATORY - Sign up for one session when you register for orientation

Reading a judicial opinion for the first time often raises more questions than answers. What do the different sections mean? Why are various numbers scattered throughout the opinion? Which legal authorities informed the court’s decision? How can I find those authorities? Which courts will be bound by this opinion?

During this session, we will teach you to navigate judicial opinions efficiently and effectively. We will also introduce you to case briefs—documents in which you summarize and organize the most important information from a case.

Tuesday, July 31: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, August 1: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.*
Thursday, August 2: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.* or 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.*
Monday, August 6: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

*IT (1 hr) will precede all LCOMM Sessions. The IT sessions are optional.

Monday, August 6th

New and Returning Students Meet-Up
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Yardhouse at Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Mingle with new and returning Miami Law students before the semester begins!  Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

 Orientation Events

HOPE Day of Service

Wednesday, August 8th

HOPE Day of Service
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Law School – Bass Bricks
Casual Attire (Must wear closed-toe shoes. Other site-specific requirements will be provided)

Start the year off right by making a difference! HOPE Day of Service is a unique opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the South Florida community while getting to know your classmates and alumni.

Campus Services on the Bass Bricks
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

From IT support to campus tours, you will have the opportunity to set up your campus services and get acquainted with Miami Law and the rest of the University. Student Ambassadors will be on the Bass Bricks to direct you and answer questions.

Living Law Talks

Thursday, August 9th

Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming
Business casual attire

8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -- Cane ID representatives on site in Room A216B

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Official Orientation Program (additional details forthcoming)


Friday, August 10th

Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming Continued
Business casual attire

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Official Orientation Program (additional details forthcoming)

Student Bar Association Social
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Rathskeller (“Rat”), Shalala Student Center
Strongly encouraged, but not required.

Join our Student Bar Association for a welcome social honoring the Class of 2021. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Law Parents and Partners Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Law School - Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge
Strongly encouraged, but not required.

Law school is a shared experience between students, partners, family members, and friends. Please join us for our annual Welcome Reception which provides an opportunity for parents and partners to meet with our faculty and administrators. Hosted by the Law Parents & Partners (LPP) Committee and Law Alumni Association. Parents and partners can RSVP here.

Living Law Talks

Sunday, August 12th

Dean’s Welcome Brunch
10:30 a.m., The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Smart casual, but not formal attire; no guests please. Strongly encouraged, but not required.


As we approach your arrival to Miami Law, please take note of these tasks, reminders, and key dates.

Access the Checklist Here

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